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The emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the crisis in Ukraine has begun.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary Anne DiCarlo kicked off the talks by calling on all nations involved to help de-escalate.
“We call on all relevant actors to focus their efforts on the immediate aftermath of hostilities. Civilians and civilian infrastructure must be protected and actions and statements that could escalate the situation must be avoided,” Ms. DiCarlo said.
“[UN] once again reiterates the full commitment of the United Nations to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders, in accordance with the resolutions of the General Assembly.”
US Permanent Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the Council that Russia’s ‘peacekeeping’ mission “is clearly the basis of Russia’s attempt to create a pretext for a new invasion of Ukraine”.
“The consequences of this action will be felt far beyond Ukraine’s borders,” Ms. Thomas-Greenfield. “We don’t have to guess President Putin’s motives. excuse for war.”